Its remit is grounded in the ideals of the Equality Act 2010 which recognises nine protected characteristics (age, disability, gender confirmation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation) but also recognizes the intersectional aspects of these characteristics alongside socio-economic background.
The EDI Committee is committed to equality - equal opportunity and the same levels of support for all – and we also champion equity and the provision of varying levels of support depending upon need in order to achieve greater fairness of outcomes. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion recognises that the practice of inclusion is necessary to put the concept of diversity into action in a meaningful way.
The ECA EDI committee has evolved out of work focussed on gender equality that led to ECA gaining an Athena Swan Bronze Award in May 2017. We are now, however, committed to a wider remit of equality, diversity and inclusion.
In addition to the EDI Committee there is also an Athena Swan Working Group and a Decolonising the Curriculum and Anti-Racism Working Group.
The EDI Committee will:
- Promote a culture of dignity and respect.
- Work to stimulate and support staff and students to build good practice and innovation in all areas of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the institution.
- Promote teaching and research by staff and students on issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Identify, discuss, and advise on ECA policy with regard to ensuring equalities processes and considerations are embedded at all levels including the highest strategic planning and decision-making levels.
- Oversee the working groups and support them to achieve their actions.
- Produce and publish an annual action plan on the ECA EDI webpages.
The Athena Swan Working Group will:
- Take forward the Athena Swan Action Plan which includes measures to monitor ongoing improvement in the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda at ECA.
- Coordinate the application to renew the Athena Swan Bronze Award.
- Connect with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) Athena Swan Network.
The Decolonising the Curriculum Working Group will:
- Promote and support an anti-racist culture at ECA and work to decolonise the curriculum.
- Work partnership with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff to develop and take forward its action plan.
- Be guided by the lived experiences of those who are impacted by racism but the responsibility for action lies with the institution.
- Draw up an action plan which will be published on the EDI webpage.
- Feed into and draw on the Race Equality and Anti-racism sub-group of the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.